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There are many ways to prepare for a job. You can get an advanced degree, do an internship, or pay your dues in an entry-level position. But once you've acquired that valuable set of skills and knowledge, you'll be like a lovely, ripe piece of fruit, which employers will be scrambling over each other to pick! Just be careful not to become TOO ripe!

Today's Lesson
資格、能力のある / 仕事が必要とする以上に教育(訓練)を受けている(経験がある)


  • To be qualified is to have the knowledge, skills, or experience necessary for a particular job.

    To be overqualified is to have MORE knowledge, skills, or experience than is necessary or desirable for a particular job.
  • qualified とは、ある仕事に必要とされる知識、技能、経験などを有している、という意味です。

    overqualified というと、ある仕事に必要とされる、または妥当である以上の知識、技能、経験を有している、という意味になります。


  1. She's certainly well qualified for the job; she earned a master's degree in computer science at the Berlitz Institute of Technology and has 5 years' work experience as a systems engineer.
  2. Just because someone has taught in high school doesn't mean they're qualified to teach younger children.
  3. What's the best way to find a qualified interpreter for an international conference?
  4. (a rejection letter from a company)
    We're sorry, but due to the large number of qualified applicants, we are not able to offer you a position at this time.
  5. (at a job interview for a pizza delivery person)
    It says in your resume that you have a Ph.D. in particle physics. Aren't you a little overqualified for this job?
  6. He said I was overqualified to wait tables, so he made me assistant manager instead.

英会話レッスンThat was sweet!